15 Super Smart Ways to Use the IKEA Kallax Bookcase

15 Super Smart Ways to Use the IKEA Kallax Bookcase

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Nancy Mitchell
Jan 2, 2017
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The IKEA Expedit (lately reborn as the Kallax) has, like a lot of classics, an incredibly simple design. And like a lot of IKEA pieces, it lends itself to all kinds of different uses—some of which you may have not even thought of. Here are 15 different ways to put your Kallax bookcase to work all over the house, in all kinds of ways.

Above: In his atelier in Berlin, artist Christian Jankowski uses a double layer of 4x4 Expedits to create an entire wall of shelving. You can see more of the studio at Freunde von Freunden.

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From Design Sponge, here's a similar setup: Two Expedits stacked on top of each other; that's suitable for those of us with slightly lower ceilings.

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In this designer's home from Freunde von Freunden, two stacked Expedits, stacked on top of another cabinet, fit perfectly into a niche in the wall.

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A library ladder makes a nice accompaniment to your stacked Kallax bookcases, as seen on Bookshelf Porn.

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In this IKEA hack from Kramer Design Studio, via Apartment Therapy, a steel frame gives a 5x5 Expedit a little extra height, and provides a spot to store a little extra seating.

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In this photo from IKEA Family Live, via their Pinterest, an Expedit adds a little extra privacy to the 'bedroom' in a studio apartment. Paired with a curtained canopy bed (also from IKEA, although this particular design is no longer available), it makes for a particularly secluded sleeping nook.

These stacked and staggered Expedits make for a room divider that's both interesting and useful. From Joanne Cox, via Pinterest.

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Another application for the Kallax-as-room-divider: carving an entryway out of a home where the front door opens directly into the living room. Image from Freshome.

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From Better Homes and Gardens, this Expedit/room divider setup wraps behind the sofa, a great way to add a little extra storage to a small space.

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Two Expedits serve as nightstands and also as extra storage in a bedroom from Skona Hem.

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Painting your Kallax the same color as the wall will give it a built-in look, as seen on The Decorista.

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It requires a little extra woodworking, but this project from IKEA Hackers combines two Expedits with a workspace for an incredibly efficient use of space.

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Square steel tubing comes in 2" sections, which just happens to be the same width as the outer walls of the Kallax. In this example from IKEA Hackers, Jules Yap used powdercoated steel frames to stack two Kallaxes to exactly the height of his ceiling, and provide a place to display a sculpture in between.

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Bookcases, including a couple of Kallaxes, cover the walls of Peti Lau's New York apartment.

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From IKEA Club, a smart way to stack your bookcases — and provide a spot for your printer, too.

See more of the Kallax/Expedit at work here.

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